Shivraj Chouhan Expands Cabinet In Madhya Pradesh: The Takeaways

Three former Congressmen have additionally bought ministerial berths within the Shivraj Chouhan cupboard


The cupboard growth of Shivraj Singh Chouhan, adopted by the surfacing of a number of fissures throughout the BJP, has clearly gone in favour of Jyotiraditya Scindia. The 49-year-old – one of many tallest leaders of the Congress in Madhya Pradesh – had switched to the BJP in March with 22 of his followers, resulting in the collapse of the Kamal Nath authorities.

However his is success in getting the BJP prime management’s backing for 11 ministerial berths for his aides, has led to a riot of types within the BJP ranks. Earlier than the day was out, supporters of not less than three ministry hopefuls had hit the streets in protest and BJP’s veteran chief and former Chief Minister Uma Bharati shot off a letter to senior state leaders, contending that her solutions for the composition of the ministry have been ignored.

Observers of the state politics have speculated about how the rivalry between Mr Chouhan and Mr Scindia will play out. At a rally to welcome the newcomer, the Chief Minister had in contrast him to “Bibhishan” – the brother of Ravaan in Ramayan, who was blamed for turning towards his household.

During the last hundred days, the supporters of Mr Scindia and the Congress leaders who joined the BJP have benefited essentially the most. Of the 22 Congress MLAs who joined the BJP, 14 have been inducted as ministers. Of them, 10 are cupboard ministers and 4 are ministers of state. The BJP has 20 ministers.

There have been six Scindia supporters within the Kamal Nath authorities. In Mr Chouhan’s cupboard, Mr Scindia has 11 ministers. Three former Congressmen have additionally bought ministerial berths.

The success of Mr Scindia has meant that 11 of the ministers are from the Gwalior-Chambal area, the place the get together had carried out the worst within the 2018 meeting polls. Whereas it might assist in the approaching bypolls — 16 of the 24 seats are from the Gwalior-Chambal area — it won’t please the leaders from the MahaKoshal and Vindhya area, which was swept by the BJP within the 2018 polls, however nonetheless stays under-represented. Just one minister, Khelawan Patel, is from the world.

9 of the ministers are from Malwa-Nimar area, which exhibits the BJP needed to regain its misplaced floor within the belt as soon as thought of the nursery of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the get together’s ideological mentor. 5 seats within the by-elections might be from the Malwa-Nimar area.

Uma Bharti needed the inclusion of MLAs from the Bundelkhand area and from her Lodhi OBC caste, which is a sizeable vote financial institution in Bundelkhand and Central Madhya Pradesh.

The hand of the Central management has been fairly seen within the growth. Not solely did the Chief Minister fail to hold out his level about inducting most of his workforce, his arch-critic Kamal Patel has been inducted as cupboard minister and awarded Agriculture division through the first growth of the ministry in April. Now his shut associates like Rampal Singh, Rajendra Shukla, Paras Jain, Gauri Shankar Bisen has been not noted — in a transparent message that his grip is loosening.


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